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Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
8th May 2016
Today is Mother's Day
Gift your Mother a health check-up 

"Of all the gifts that life has to offer, a loving mother is the greatest of them all" So, on Mother's Day this year, gift your Mother a health check-up.
 
Heart disease is an important cause of death in women. A large percentage of women in India are prone to heart disease. Many among these remain undiagnosed and therefore untreated. It is not only working women, housewives too are at risk.

The risk of heart disease is rising due to factors such as a sedentary lifestyle, day to day stress and an unhealthy diet. The symptoms of heart attack in women differ from those in men. Instead of the classical symptom of chest pain, symptoms such as indigestion, shortness of breath, back pain, pain in arm, jaw pain, nausea, lightheadedness are more common in women, which are often not recognized as a heart attack. Women generally present 10 years later than men and with greater risk factor burden.

An annual physical check-up is recommended after the age of 30 for Indians as against 40 in Americans. The check-up may be done earlier starting at age 20 if there is a family history, which if normal, must be repeated every three years till the age of 30 when one should start annual check-ups.
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This Mother's Day, gift your mother a long and healthy life
 
New Delhi, May 07, 2016: Women play multiple parts in the course of their life that of a career woman, mother, wife, daughter, and sister. In the course of fulfilling all these duties, they often neglect their own health and well-being. After the age of 18, every woman must get regular preventive health check-ups to stay healthy and disease free. This Mother's Day every daughter should gift her mother a health check-up, educate her about the importance of taking care of her health and give her the special care and attention she deserves.
 
Speaking about the same, Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal - President Heart Care Foundation of India & Honorary Secretary General IMA said, "Regular preventive health checkups are a must especially for women and mothers, who often have a tendency to ignore their own health. A woman's body is always evolving and is prone to developing illness especially after childbirth due to the hormonal changes. Maternal deaths are at an all-time high in our country and so is post-pregnancy stress. It is imperative that awareness is raised about necessary preventive check-ups all women must get post the age of 30 and ways in which their family can help them safeguard their own health."
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